Ahead of this weekend’s cruiserweight final, we select the finest World Boxing Super Series bouts so far
- NAOYA INOUE W UD 12 NONITO DONAIRE
Brilliant bantamweights Inoue and Donaire combined to create a spectacular final that was a worthy winner of Boxing News’ Fight of the Year award for 2019. A stunning showcase of elite-level boxing.
- JOSH TAYLOR W MD 12 REGIS PROGRAIS
The runner-up in BN’s 2019 Fight of the Year competition, Taylor and Prograis’ super-lightweight final was a punishing and pulsating encounter between two of the very best 140-pounders.
- OLEKSANDR USYK W MD 12 MAIRIS BRIEDIS
In the semi-finals of the first edition of the cruiserweight tournament, Briedis pushed the excellent Usyk harder than anyone has managed to before or since during what was a riveting, rapid-paced affair.
- MURAT GASSIEV W RSF 12 YUNIEL DORTICOS
The corresponding semi-final to Usyk-Briedis produced another thrilling tussle, with Gassiev and Dorticos competing on even terms until Gassiev concluded matters with a brutal and perfectly executed finish.
- JOSH TAYLOR W UD 12 IVAN BARANCHYK
Exhibiting sharp skills and impressive ring intelligence, Taylor reached the final against Prograis by overcoming the relentless aggression of Baranchyk, who refused to take a backwards step.
- EMMANUEL RODRIGUEZ W SD 12 JASON MOLONEY
This bantamweight quarter-final was a fight of two halves, with Rodriguez getting the better of the early action and Moloney coming on strong in the later rounds. Ultimately, Rodriguez just about did enough to win.
- GEORGE GROVES W UD 12 CHRIS EUBANK JNR
Groves and Eubank engaged in an eagerly awaited super-middleweight semi-final that was full of intrigue. Groves’ superior seasoning and fundamentals conquered Eubank’s stubborn tenacity.
- CALLUM SMITH W UD 12 ERIK SKOGLUND
Although he was a fully deserving victor in his super-middleweight quarter-final with Skoglund, Smith still had to endure some worrying moments at times in a lively and competitive contest.
- YUNIEL DORTICOS W UD 12 MATEUSZ MASTERNAK
Dorticos advanced to the semi-finals in the second edition of the cruiserweight tournament by defeating the exceptionally durable Masternak, who never stopped coming forward all night long.
- CALLUM SMITH W KO 7 GEORGE GROVES
Smith and Groves faced off in the super-middleweight final and fought on equal footing for six rounds. In the seventh, however, Smith’s timing and power came to the fore as he secured a career-best victory.
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